The NHTSA report follows three crashes and two injuries from an ABS-related failure.
It says Harley-Davidson advises owners to replace the brake fluid every two years, but notes that some owners were either not aware of or ignored the advice.
Harley is cooperating with the NHTSA investigation into the ABS failure which could lead to a safety recall in the US, possibly followed by worldwide recalls of up to 430,000 motorcycles.
Harley-Davidson Australia is usually very quick on following US recalls. However, just because there is a recall in the US, it doesn’t necessarily mean it applies to models produced for the export market.
If we hear of a safety recall in Australia, it will be published immediately.
Meanwhile, if you own a 2008-2011 Harley with ABS, it might be a good idea to check when the brake fluid was last replaced.
Harley was late with the introduction of an Anti-lock Braking System as they waited until they had an answer to the ugly ABS cog on the disc. The first models with ABS were their Touring range in 2008 featuring the special Harley “invisible” optical ABS system.